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Girls

Girls: “Hostage Situation”

Feb 21, 2017

The final season of Girls is underway and in the second episode of the season, things go a little crazy. But after five seasons of these characters, crazy is all we know. So without crazy it...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Feb 21, 2017

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Feb 24, 2017

With what I thought was a weak premise to start, I wasn’t sure how I would like this film. But much like a watered down drink, you add more alcohol (in this case four outstanding comedic...

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The Leftovers Season 1: “Cairo”

The Leftovers Season 1: “Cairo”

Watching this particular episode was like having a very bizarre dream. You feel surrounded by fog and can’t quite put the pieces together. You stumble around blindly, not knowing where to go or what will happen next. When you have a disturbing dream, you feel anxious; numb or completely bewildered. Everyone is lost in this episode. Some, more than others. The plot line of this episode varies from Kevin and Nora, to Patty and the GR crew, to apathetic Jill and company, and then back to Patty, Dean and Kevin. Personally, I enjoyed the two episodes that focused exclusively on one character’s perspective. I know I enjoyed learning a lot...

HBO Comedy Special: KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS

HBO Comedy Special: KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS

Right off the bat let me affirm that yes, as a comedic talent Katt Williams is pretty priceless. We gave you the heads up that his comedy special was going to premiere and it did do that with a title change. All of a sudden it became KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS: AFTERLIFE. Whatever, I think maybe at some point he had the epiphany that all was going well enough post incarceration that he is a new man reborn. Bottom line is it makes good comedy. The 59-minute routine was a fast paced riff on how we need to just laugh it off. Williams himself, even after being arrested “5 times in 5 cities in 5 days” laughs it off as he mentions his criminal...

Bringing Home the Trophies: HBO at the 2014 Creative Emmy Awards

Bringing Home the Trophies: HBO at the  2014 Creative Emmy Awards

HBO has always been one of the best, something that’s shown constantly with the way fans and critics adore the shows that have been produced by the infamous network. Such recognition was shown yet again during this years Creative Arts Emmy‘s where HBO took home more trophies to add to their every growing collection!                                                             True Detective: 4 Wins! This freshman thriller-drama was an immediate fan favorite, staring one of the best ensembles we’ve seen in a long time and providing a fresh perspective on the genre. We all love it already and...

SILICON VALLEY’s Promotional Campaign for Season Two

SILICON VALLEY’s Promotional Campaign for Season Two

SILICON VALLEY is one of those kind of shows that has a built in fan base that helps make it a popular hit. Think of it as sort of like Big Bang Theory; yes, the mainstream like it but the niche audience really embraces it.  I don’t know the PC way to say it (and don’t much care for being politically correct anyway) but the techno geeks, have another show in the Mike Judge company. And since SILICON VALLEY is all about the tech world then it seems logical that it utilizes the tech world constructs out there to promote the show, right? According to readwite.com, which I gather is a tech world news site, the HBO comedy has set up a...

TRUE DETECTIVE’s Pizzolatto Accused of Plagiarism

TRUE DETECTIVE’s Pizzolatto Accused of Plagiarism

TRUE DETECTIVE has had a lot of positive news all about casting rumors and Emmy nominations, but lately some negative news surfaced when series creator Nic Pizzolatto was called out for plagiarism. You’ve got to go back to the scenes of Rust Cohle’s “interrogation” where his dark, nihilistic philosophy comes to the surface. The accusations state that a number of lines in those speeches were lifted from a writer of by the name of Thomas Ligotti. Mr. L is a prolific horror writer that seems to know his way around dark themes. If you want to check specific line for line comparisons between the two writers and formulate an opinion...

HBO’s John Oliver Announces Tour

HBO’s John Oliver Announces Tour

Straight from John Oliver’s website we learn that on his hiatus from LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER we will be going on a 15-stop stand-up tour. As of this posting LAST WEEK TONIGHT has aired fifteen of its twenty-four episode run. That means the show’s Season One will end in mid-October and that gives him enough time to squeeze in a few dates around the country before the end of the year. John Oliver is no stranger to the stand-up gig as that was what he was doing in the UK before moving to the States in 2006. Of course, we know that he had a healthy stint on The Daily Show and a few Comedy Central specials under his belt before...

Curb your Enthusiasm Because Larry David Is Busy

Curb your Enthusiasm Because Larry David Is Busy

For a while now HBOWatch has been hankering for a Season Nine of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM with Larry David. The last time we saw him in a weekly stint was back in Season Eight: post-divorce in Paris, France. Ever since then we have been wondering whether or not he would return to the series; even HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo and cast member Jeff Garlin keep their hopes up. Well as it turns out– we shouldn’t hold our breath because Larry David has been very busy. He is even quoted as saying  – “Ask me in six months” – and that was this time last year. I suppose we could understand that he couldn’t do it then...

David Simon’s SHOW ME A HERO Fast to Cast

David Simon’s SHOW ME A HERO Fast to Cast

David Simon is either eager to get back to work or HBO is just delighted to still have him or maybe a combination of both because the cast of SHOW ME A HERO is moving fast. Jim Belushi (pictured), Terry Kinney (HBO’s OZ) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) have recently joined Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in the miniseries now getting underway. If you didn’t catch that previous post linked above the six-hour piece gives us Isaac as “the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in...

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

Lest you forget HBO has a lineup of late night entertainment that it airs but with no consistency. Those programs are all showings of previously aired content. HBO has not premiered anything new since SEX//Now back in January. That changed on Thursday, 08.14 when CATHOUSE: KING OF THE HOUSE premiered. HBO is not a stranger to the Cathouse in question, are you?  If you didn’t know the locale is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. Over the years HBO has aired specials and later a series about the house of ill repute in question. It all started with the documentary titled CATHOUSE in December 2002 which first...

Movie Review: 2 Guns

Movie Review: 2 Guns

You could almost think of an alternate title for this movie: “2 Thugs.” 2 Guns is not a typical cop buddy movie – it is an action movie, infused with some humor. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are the main characters in this crime movie, about drug lords, truckloads of money and a lot of double crosses. Who is double crossing who in this movie? Denzel portrays Robert Trench and Mark portrays Michael Stigman, and the pair start off as criminals being interrogated about a meeting with a very shady drug lord, Manny Greco (played by Edward James Olmos, pictured). Stigman is unaware that Trench is an undercover DEA agent who has been...

HBO Classics: Comic Talent Robin Williams On HBO

HBO Classics: Comic Talent Robin Williams On HBO

Everyone we know has been rockin’ and reelin’ over the loss of the top notch talent Robin Williams. The biggest shock of it all is not that a 63 year-old died, but that depression was the driving ailment that caused the actor to take his own life. It has been quite saddening for many. News reports across the dial have been airing retrospectives on his life and career and even have been addressing the mental illness that has destroyed more than just his life. There have also been online acknowledgments from blogs to tweets and every colleague of Mr. Williams from actors to comics has reflected on the man and his contributions.  In some...

Hard Knocks Falcons: Full Contact

Hard Knocks Falcons: Full Contact

The NFL preseason is in full swing, and Hard Knocks is picking up the pace. The second episode fixed many of the problems with the premiere, offering fewer story-lines at once and focusing on the on-the-field action. While the show still focused an incredible amount of time on the player’s (admittedly attractive) wives, viewers were given a more in-depth look to the hard work and competition that goes into the final product. Beginning with a look at General Manager Thomas Dimitrioff, the show set the stage for the perennial drama of preseason cuts. Rookies and veterans alike spend the preseason fighting for a roster spot. This episode...

Ja’mie: Private School Girl on DVD and Digital HD

Ja’mie: Private School Girl on DVD and Digital HD

It’s finally here, and anybody who is anybody will already have this DVD set in their freshly manicured hands. If you haven’t picked it up yet, then order it now! This is a series that totes deserves a re-watch, and now you get Bonus Features, too! If you didn’t watch Ja’mie: Private School Girl when it aired on HBO, what’s wrong with you? You’re obviously a boarder and need to sort out your priorities. Order the DVD set, put your lip gloss on and get watching! In case you missed it, which would be hard to believe, Ja’mie: Private School Girl is another brilliant comedy series from Chris Lilley, who...

The Leftovers Season 2 is Coming

The Leftovers Season 2 is Coming

Season 2 is coming but answers to your burning questions?  Probably not just yet. After a longer than average wait for the news HBO announced today that it’s new series from the creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof will be renewed for a second season! We’d sort of wondered what had been taking HBO so long with this one since they normally renew a series relatively early in the show’s ongoing season. But sooner or later we had a feeling we’d get the word of a second season for The Lefovers. Ratings have been steady, even better than expected given the summer time slot, and while may reviewers are baffled by the show,...

Ed Harris Joins Sci-Fi/Western Series WESTWORLD

Ed Harris Joins Sci-Fi/Western Series WESTWORLD

The universe that is Westworld on HBO continues to grow. First we heard that Anthony Hopkins & Evan Rachel Wood were starring. Next a bevy of talent joined the cast from HBO veterans to brand new faces. But all of these beautiful, kind faces needed something to balance them out, right? How about an evil villain for the robotic theme park of the future?  The Man in Black.  No, seriously– that’s his name. He’s described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” Sound interesting?  With these names, this budget and this network behind it can Westworld possibly go wrong? Westworld is heading into...

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